AT&T Aspire Accelerator

Are you on a mission to use technology to enhance learning and help every student achieve a bright, successful future?

Technology is changing the world – it is changing how we communicate, how we work, and how we play. It is also fundamentally changing how we learn.

Mobile technology, applications, and services are empowering students to achieve, removing barriers to graduation, enabling teachers, and preparing today’s learners for the jobs of tomorrow.

The Aspire Accelerator works with organizations that use technology to help students succeed, strengthen schools and communities, or prepare learners for employment.

The Aspire Accelerator will connect you with the resources, services, expertise, and relationships you need to drive exponential change in how we learn.


  • Jan 4

    Applications Open

  • Jan 27

    Applications Close

  • March 2018

    Applicants Notified

  • May 2018

    Program Kick-off

  • Sept/Oct 2018

    Demo Day/Graduation

Applications Open

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Applications Closes

Application must be submitted by 11:59pm EST (8:59pm PST) on January 27, 2018.

Applicants Notified

All applicants will be notified of their application status in March.

Program Kickoff

Work with the Aspire Accelerator team to lay out your goals for the program and how we can help you achieve these objectives.

Demo Day & Graduation

Pitch your product or service to investors, AT&T executives and education stakeholders.

Accelerator Benefits


Aspire Investment

$100,000 AT&T Aspire investment and an additional $25,000 to cover costs associated with the program.


Customized Program

Access to expertise, services and relationships tailored to your organization throughout the 4-6 month program.



Connect with AT&T and external mentors from the education and technology ecosystems.


National platform

Be a part of the broader AT&T Aspire initiative, which is committed to driving innovation in education on a national scale.


Flexible Location

Stay where you are based. Unlike other accelerators, you do not have to move to participate in the Aspire Accelerator.



Receive access to a dedicated Entrepreneur in Residence, UI/UX design services, and opportunities to participate in education conferences.


Oakland, CA

A cloud-based platform that reinvents small group learning through personalized curriculum and texts. Learn more >

Palo Alto, CA

A website where students can crowdsource career advice by asking questions that are answered by an online volunteer corps of working professionals. Learn more >

Seattle, WA

An app that uses voice analysis and machine learning to provide teachers with personalized data about their instruction to help them improve it. Learn more >

Denver, CO

Creators of NBA Math Hoops, a board game, mobile app and community program that builds fundamental math skills through engagement with NBA and WNBA player statistics. Learn more >

Berkeley, CA

An app that enables special education teachers to measure individualized student performance, analyze learning trends in real-time and share progress on demand with districts and parents. Learn more >

Brookline, MA

A platform that curates engaging audio stories from public radio and wraps teaching supports around them, allowing teachers to assess students’ listening skills. Learn more >

Oakland, CA

Creators of Lumen, an app that gathers mobile usage data and converts it into actionable intelligence for parents, providing focused reading support. Learn more >

Pittsburgh, PA

A cloud-based platform that engages teenagers in programming and STEM subjects through game design. Learn more >

Boulder, CO

provides monthly subscription to coding projects that teach grade-schoolers to program apps.
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Athens, GA

this interactive case study software has students acting like scientists, learning science concepts and honing problem solving skills.
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Washington, DC

a free digital platform that helps teachers find and plan engaging lessons and track student progress in reading.
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Denver, CO

an engaging app that exposes students to STEM careers using videos, games and self-reflection quizzes.
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San Francisco, CA

a nonprofit software service and mobile iOS and Android app that guides and motivates community college students by using customized nudges to take actions and engage in behaviors proven to help them graduate faster.
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Chicago, IL

an online platform connecting teachers with on-demand teaching assistants to grade and provide thorough feedback on student work.
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Raleigh, NC

an education innovation firm providing a research-backed, online platform & services for educators and their organizations to know and manage the technologies that are best for their classrooms.
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Oakland, CA

a financial wellness innovation lab empowers the next generation of Americans with financial capability skills.
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Washington, DC

a platform (web & iOS) that lets teachers create and share interactive video lessons.
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Brooklyn, NY

a nonprofit literacy tool that builds students’ grammar skills through personalized writing and proofreading activities.
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San Francisco, CA

a multilingual texting platform that connects teachers, families and students via mobile technology.
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Board of Advisors

The Aspire Accelerator’s primary objective is to foster the Education Technology ecosystem and support innovative new products and services in education. The Aspire Accelerator’s Board of Advisors supports the program and shares our mission for social impact.

Charles Best
Founder and CEO of

Charles Best is the CEO and Founder of, a nonprofit organization which provides a simple way to address educational inequity. At, public school teachers create classroom project requests and donors can pick the projects they want to support. For more information on Charles click here.

Kimberly Bryant
Founder of Black Girls Code

Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and Executive Director of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to “changing the face of technology” by introducing underrepresented girls to the field of technology and computer science. For more information on Kimberly click here.

Elizabeth Corcoran
Co-Founder and CEO of EdSurge

Elizabeth “Betsy” Corcoran is co-founder and CEO of EdSurge, an award-winning news and information source on education technology. EdSurge delivers weekly newsletters for educators and entrepreneurs, as well as the industry's most comprehensive index of edtech products, and runs conferences around the country where educators and entrepreneurs meet on common ground. For more information on Betsy click here.

Nancy Lue
Co-Lead, Advanced Research & Development Education Fund

Nancy Poon Lue is currently co-leading the exploration of a national advanced research and development education fund on behalf of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. She is also a Partner and Secretary of the Board of Directors of the venture philanthropy organization Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2). Previously, she served as Executive Director of the venture capital firm Global Silicon Valley (GSV) and Senior Advisor of the U.S. Department of Education. For more information on Nancy click here.

Daniel Lurie
Co-Founder and CEO of Tipping Point

Before founding Tipping Point in 2005, Daniel Lurie worked for the Bill Bradley Presidential Campaign, Accenture Consulting and the Robin Hood Foundation in New York City. September 11th 2001 fell within Daniel’s first week of work at Robin Hood and he was humbled to witness Robin Hood’s relief efforts to lift up the city. For more information on Daniel click here.

Ramona Pierson
Co-Founder and CEO of Declara

At the age of 22, Ramona Pierson was hit by a drunk driver while running and spent 18 months in a coma and 11 years blind. She relearned everything from breathing and seeing to walking and smiling. From this experience arose the drive to build companies where personalized learning and relearning were the center of all products. For more information on Ramona click here.

Sebastian Thrun
Founder and President of Udacity

Sebastian Thrun has set his sights on democratizing higher education. Founder and President of Udacity, Sebastian is also a Research Professor at Stanford University and a Google Fellow, as well as the inventor of the autonomous car and project lead on Google Glass. For more information on Sebastian click here.

Mentor Network

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Aaron Anderson

Principal, Impact Venture Captial

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Kwame Anku

Founding Principal, Black Angel Technology Investment Fund

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Chris Baum

Partner, Futuredraft

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Michael S. Beaudoin II

Investment Associate, Mark IV Capital

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Ashley Beckner

Principal, Omidyar Network

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David Blazevich

Senior Program Director, The Bernard Osher Foundation

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Muhammed Chaudhry

CEO, Silicon Valley Education Foundation

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Maria Choi

VP, Fundraising & Partnerships, Fast Forward

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Jack Crawford

General Partner, Impact Venture Captial

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Lauren Dibble

Consulting Team Leader, Entangled Solutions

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Marlon Evans

CEO, GSVlabs

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Shannon Farley

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Fast Forward

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Yichen I. Feng

TMT Investment Banking, Goldman Sachs

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Mat Frenz

Managing Director, Entangled Solutions

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Chian Gong

Senior Associate, Reach Capital

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Molly Goodson

Co Founder/Editor, Chief at Spright inc

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Danielle S. Goonan

Senior Manager II, Retail Career Opportunity, Walmart Giving

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Sarah Hall

Director, The Center for Digital Learning, Alliance for Excellent Education

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Oliver Hurst-Hiller

CTO & Head of Product,

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Danoosh Kapadia

Business Development, IDEO

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Vijay Karunamurthy

Co-founder, Nom

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Anju Khetan

Sr Product Manager, Khan Academy

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Liz Kline

VP Education Programs, Common Sense Foundation

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Alexis Madrigal

Technology Correspondent, The Atlantic

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Vishal Makhijani

CEO, Udacity

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Mike Marriner

Cofounder, Roadtrip Nation

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Alice Myerhoff

VP Sales, EdSurge

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Samantha Olivieri

VP, Growth & Strategy, GreatSchools

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Tim Olson

Chief Digital Officer, KQED

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Leslie Pappas

Executive Director, Common Ground Foundation

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Craig Peters

CEO, Awasu Design

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Tom Pryor

Senior Product Manager, Khan Academy

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Gerald Richards

CEO, 826 National

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Rebecca Sanchez

Senior Program Manager, IXL Learning

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Jasmine Schiener

Consulting Team Leader, Entangled Solutions

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Monica Simo

Vice President, Venture Investments, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

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Debbie Stephens Stauffer

Principal, Atrium Capital

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Diana Stepner

VP, Product Management - Learning Applications, Pearson

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Katrina Stevens

Former Deputy Director of the Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education

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Julia Stiglitz

Vice President, Coursera

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Brian Sugar

CEO and Founder, POPSUGAR

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Erik Sundelöf

Principal Technical Architect, AT&T The Foundry

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Esther Tricoche

Associate Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund

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Joe Vasquez

Co-Director, Runway Incubator

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Connie Yowell

CEO, Collective Shift

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